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by Paul on 05/09/12 at 04:26 PM ET
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
It is also true that Rinaldo approached Volchenkov from the middle slot with speed. While this “distance traveled” is language used to determine charging under Rule 42, Zac Rinaldo created a legal approach when he glided a remaining number of feet prior to delivering his check on Volchenkov. The contact Rinaldo made on Volchenkov would also be considered legal since Rinaldo’s hands and elbows did not come beyond an acceptable level nor did he make contact with Volchenkov’s head. With the “glide factor” eliminating a charging infraction this was just a good, hard body check; albeit with added incentive and purpose after Schenn was hit!
A bit of a pattern develops here when Zac Rinaldo took out Dainius Zubrus, another payback recipient, with a low bridge hip check (video link) just above the knees. While kneeing was initially reported on the call, interference appears on the official score sheet as Pierre Maguire of NBC correctly pointed out at the time. This was a needless and dirty play. The puck was in the opposite corner of the rink as Zubrus cut around the net and was low bridged by Rinaldo. I can appreciate the fact that the refs would not want to put the game on the line by assessing a five-minute major penalty for clipping even though Zubrus appeared shaken up on the play and was attended to.
more and watch both hits below…
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